The consumption of meat and fatty animal products is linked to Alzheimer’s
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia in Western countries and it’s increasingly being linked to diet and lifestyle. This large study gathered all available data and revealed that there is a strong connection between diets based on meat, eggs and high-fat dairy products. This link has been observed worldwide and is particularly noticeable in countries that moved from traditional diets towards Western ones.
Study discovers a component of meat is transformed into a very dangerous compound by gut bacteria
L-carnitine is a substance found mostly in red meat, smaller amounts are also in chicken meat, eggs and dairy, and even smaller amounts are found in beans and avocados. A pioneering study set out to investigate what happens to this substance when digested by either vegans or meat-eaters because the two diet groups have such different gut bacteria it was assumed likely to determine the end product.
A study shows a plant-based diet offers protection whilst a meat-based one can contribute to damage
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) occurs when fat is deposited in the liver due to causes other than excessive alcohol use. It’s considered to be one of the symptoms of metabolic syndrome, which also includes obesity, insulin resistance (pre-diabetic stage), elevated fat levels in the blood and high blood pressure. It comes as no surprise that it’s been linked to unhealthy diets and increasingly younger people develop this condition.
Plant-based diets can be potent in preventing prostate cancer
Genetic factors can play an important role in prostate cancer but lifestyle and diet choices are crucial – they can significantly increase or reduce the risk. Obesity poses a particular risk because it raises the levels of sex hormones which, in turn, increase the risk of this hormone-sensitive cancer. Some sexually transmitted diseases have been linked to a higher risk too, as well as physical inactivity, smoking and alcohol consumption.